Temperature sensor question.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wishiwasafarmer, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Wishiwasafarmer

    Wishiwasafarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Mar 18, 2009
    My first attempt at hatching is due this Sat. 21st - wish me luck.

    I studied up pretty good before, but since putting the eggs in my homemade incubator I've learned things I wish I had known before, so this question is to help me next time.

    I have seen several photos of the same or similar temperature / humidity guage that I am using -acurite. I often see the temperature sensor inside a container or other object. I assume that is to simulate an egg - my question is what works the best, and do you put water in it or what? Also, I've seen reference to calibrating the humidity guage but need to find out how. These things are too late for my current (and very first) hatch which is due Sat 21st, but hope to get this fixed before next time. Thanks for any advice.[​IMG]
     
  2. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    ACT
    the thing that u see is a water wiggler (or water snake in some countries) and yes it does stimulate a temp inside an egg. the calibrate a hydrometer do this:
    Here is a information on how to check the calibration of your hygrometer.
    It is helpful in that you then know how much to adjust for in taking your readings.

    To calibrate a hygrometer you will need:
    • 1/2 cup table salt
    • approximately 1/4 cup water
    • coffee cup
    • hygrometer
    • large re-sealable freezer bag
    Place 1/2 cup of salt in the coffee cup, and add the water. Stir for a bit to totally saturate the salt. The salt won't dissolve in this amount of water; instead, the salt should have the consistency of wet sand.

    Carefully place the salt/water mix in a re-sealable plastic bag, along with the hygrometer. Note: make sure none of the salt/water mix comes in direct contact with the hygrometer, or the hygrometer may be damaged. Completely seal the bag.

    Place the sealed bag aside at room temperature for 8-12 hours. Pick a location free of drafts, out of direct sunlight, and away from heating or cooling vents. The temperature should be fairly constant.

    After being in the sealed bag for 8-12 hours, check the reading of the hygrometer. It is best to read it while still in the bag, since if your house air is dry the reading may go down quickly once you take the hygrometer out of the bag.
    The relative humidity in the sealed bag with the salt/water mix should be 75 percent. My hygrometer read about 72 percent.
    If yours is the adjustable type, adjust the screw or setting so that it would have read 75 percent. You will have to do this very quickly, or remember how much you need to adjust the setting (e.g. for mine, it read 72 percent when it should have been 75 percent, so I would need to set it ahead by 3 percentage points). You may want to put the hygrometer back in the bag for another 8 hours to double check your adjustment.
    If yours is not adjustable (like mine), simply make a note of how "off" your hygrometer reads. If it reads below 75 percent, you will need to add the difference to your actual readings. If your hygrometer read above 75 percent on the calibration, you will need to subtract the difference from your actual reading. Here are some examples to help:
    Case 1: after sitting in the bag for calibration, my hygrometer read 72 percent.

    It should have read 75 percent, so the difference is 3 percent. I will now add 3 percent to the readings I take on the hygrometer (e.g. in a tank) to get the actual relative humidity.
    Case 2: after calibrating in the bag, a hygrometer read 80 percent. It should have read 75 percent, a difference of 5 percent. I would have to subtract 5 percent from readings when using the hygrometer to get an accurate relative humidity.
    Remember: always give a hygrometer about 2 hours to stabilize before

    hope this elp and sorry for such a long post [​IMG] good luck
     
  3. Wishiwasafarmer

    Wishiwasafarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Nicola. I'll do that test as soon as my peeps get out of there! [​IMG]
     

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